Following hot on the heels of the Panamera Sport Turismo plug-in hybrid Porsche has now confirmed it is developing a plug-in hybrid version of the Cayenne SUV. While Porsche has for some time offered a hybrid model of the Cayenne this new model will be the first to offer plug-in charging. According to the story on Motor Trend compared to the existing Cayenne hybrid this new plug-in hybrid will have a larger electric motor providing up to 100 hp and much further battery-only range. No further details are available at this point and Porsche haven't yet issued any official press information (the photos shown in this story are the current S Hybrid model).
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At the Paris Motor Show Porsche today revealed the concept Panamera Sport Turismo. Other than being (arguably) better looking than the previous model the new shooting-brake style Sport Turismo will also be the first Porsche to provide plug-in charging. Porsche have for some time offered a 'S Hybrid' version of both the Panamera and Cayenne but neither of these have allowed plug-in charging. Because it's a Porsche the Panamera Sport Turismo will be no slouch thanks to combined power form the 95 hp electric motor and a 333 hp V6 engine, the sprint to 100 kph should take less than 6 seconds. Top speed will be 130 kph in electric-only mode and the batteries should provide a range of just over 30 km. The Panamera Sport Turismo also appears to feature a considerable upgrade in driver user interface with touch screen panels and electronic displays replacing many physical buttons and controls in the previous model. No word yet on when this will become a final product (although Porsche have a good track record of final products being very similar to their concepts). More »
Porsche's futuristic 918 Spyder hybrid supercar, kitted out with its two electric motors and 4.6L V8 engine (delivering a total of over 790 hp) has achieved a truly impressive lap time of 7 minutes 14 seconds on the notorious Nürburgring-Nordschleife (for reference that's faster than Porsche's own 911 GT2 RS and Carrera GT). According to Porsche this lap time was completed in just one lap from a standing start with production (non-racing) tyres. Want one? You'll need a cool $845,000 and some patience, customer deliveries won't begin until 2014. More »
Looking considerably more car-like than previous development shots the exciting new Porsche 918 Spyder protoype has begun formal trials with the target to deliver the first production vehicles to customers before the end of 2013. The 918 is a two-seater spyder made from CFRP (carbon fibre reinforced plastics) it features two electric motors which alone provide 200 hp, combined with the 4.6L V8 engine this becomes 770 hp enabling a sub-three-second 0 - 100 kph (62 mph) and a top speed over 325 kph (200 mph). In purely electric mode top speed is limited to 150 kph (93 mph) and range just 25 km (15 miles). More »